- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota might lose its only race track for bicyclists.

The Olympic-caliber velodrome in Blaine with its wooden track is in disrepair and is in need of $60,000 to keep it going. Staff members at the National Sports Center have recommended to the board that the structure be torn down.

Center spokesman Barclay Kruse says the 250-meter velodrome has lasted longer than was expected. The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1qR6hyt ) says the track was built in 1990 and had a lifespan of 20 years.

A newly-formed group Friends of Velodrome Racing in Minnesota has raised $30,000 so far to keep the track up and running. The organization held a silent auction and raffle Sunday night at Fulton Brewery to support its cause.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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